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Scripps is definitely a very unique place that is not for everyone. Luckily, it is the perfect place for some. Academics are a first and foremost concern in looking at colleges, and I feel that this is also the leading concern of Scripps and its student body. Classes and faculty provide an intimate setting for in-depth learning and the personal pursuit of knowledge. The emphasis on learning, the openness to exploration, and the acceptance of what is different and exceptional are all things that students love about the school, and things that contribute to positive overall growth and development, as well as self realization. The physical comforts and beauty of the college are nothing compared to the mental challenges and the amazing student body. From classes to activities, students are taught to work beyond the bare necessity and think beyond the mere possibilities. The atmosphere here has a sense of healthy competition that encourages students to feed off each other and mature together.
Stress is a constant here, but over time, it becomes a motivational factor that does not allow you to give up on yourself. Overtime, students learn perseverance and determination. Success can only come from hard work and passion for what you are doing.
I always hear people say "You're more likely to have your hair tie stolen than your laptop if you leave both out." People claim their spots in the library and at dining halls with MacBooks and iPhones, something I haven't heard true of any other school. Overall it's a really trusting and safe community.
The freshman dorms are a nightmare. Scripps is in a housing crunch which means that they are making nice doubles into cramped triples and making singles into cramped doubles. If you're an incoming freshman, get ready for a bunk-bed and sharing a bathroom five other people.
While there is a housing crunch, I didn't find it so terrible. Yes it may be a bit cozy for some but they're considerate to make sure everyone has a good living environment for their first year.
There is bicycle theft and the occasional laptop taken but the health services are amazing and campus security is really helpful.
There are many computer labs and printers available but the wifi here is terrible and breaks constantly. The speed is slow (when it's working) and my computer has trouble connecting to the printers. Personal computers are more useful but you could get away with not having one.
There isn't really any school spirit and we have joint athletic facilities/teams so I guess it's okay if you're into sports. This is definitely not a sports school so if you love them, reconsider coming here.
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